October 25, 2004 1:02 PM PDT

Sony launches music players with MP3 support

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Sony has released the first of its digital audio players to support the popular MP3 format, marking a significant shift in its music strategy.

As expected, the company announced the release in Europe of two flash-memory-based devices, the Walkman NW-E99 and NW-E95, which can natively play songs in MP3 and Sony's own Atrac file format. The move, discussed by the company on Monday, diverges from its previous position of not supporting MP3 because of its lack of security measures and susceptibility to easy file sharing.

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